Andrea Fassbender


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

7700 Sandholdt Road

Moss Landing, CA 95039

Phone: (831) 775-1747

Fax: (831) 775-1620


Dr. Fassbender earned a Combined Honors B.S. (2007) in Chemistry and Oceanography from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She then began graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle where she completed a Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (2009) and earned both her Master’s Degree (2010) and Ph.D. (2014) in Oceanography. Following this, Dr. Fassbender collaborated with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, the Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Washington Ocean Acidification Center to characterize carbonate chemistry throughout Washington’s marine surface waters as a UCAR PACE Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2017, she joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to lead a marine carbon cycle research and technology development team.

Dr. Fassbender’s research focuses on marine biogeochemical cycling and the ocean’s role in global climate through the carbon cycle. Her formal training is in carbonate chemistry and she is engaged in projects that range from regional to global in scale, incorporating a variety of observational tools (e.g., remote and in situ sensing and synthesis products) and model output to understand ocean carbon cycle processes.

Curriculum vitae


Ocean Sciences Meeting

Andrea will be co-chair of a session at the 2018 Ocean Sciences meeting:

Spatial and Temporal Variability of Seawater Chemistry in Coastal Ecosystems in the Context of Global Change

Ocean Carbon Hot Spots Workshop

Stuart Bishop (at NCSU) and I are Co-Chairing the upcoming Ocean Carbon Hot Spots Workshop: Biophysical drivers of carbon uptake in western boundary current regions, which will be held September 25-26, 2017 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California. The workshop aims to build a community of observationalists and modelers working on the topic, and will identify critical observational needs that would improve model parameterizations. The Ocean Carbon Hot Spots Workshop is co-sponsored by US CLIVAR, US OCB, MBARI, and OMIX, and will guide future operational efforts to coordinate an international field program near the Kuroshio Extension, as well as recommendations for strategic long-term observing needs.